Presentation skills workshop

Presentation workshop a great success!

We were really pleased to have been given the opportunity to run a presentation skills workshop at the University of Surrey yesterday. The plan for the event was to simplify the 'science' of giving a presentation, followed by an opportunity to put theory into practice - and gain some valuable instant feedback.

We were also really pleased to meet some students who are thinking of teaching as a career, and that they are considering visiting us at Weydon.

Despite the poor weather and clash with a low key football match on TV, there was a good turnout from students keen to improve their presentation skills. The audience was really focused and were very happy to get stuck in - a real pleasure, from my point of view!

Feedback from the workshop was really positive with comments made such as 'the session was useful, a good learning experience. The themes shared for a successful presentation were clear and articulated' and 'the interaction was very good because it brought the audience INTO the presentation'.

Part two of the workshop provided the opportunity for students to prepare a short presentation of their own. Time was limited and we thought perhaps next time, we would ask people to prepare something in advance, that could be adjusted based on new learning. It would be great to hear your views.

We have uploaded a shortened version of the presentation on our Train to teach @ Surrey & Hants page (we can't upload it here!). We have included references to where some of the ideas came from. 

Mark Sharman